About

I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.

Education

PhD in History, 2013, Central European University, Budapest

MA in American Studies, 2007, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences (ELTE), Budapest.

MA in Central European History, 2005, Central European University, Budapest.

MA in Education, with Teaching Certificate of English as a Foreign Language, 2005, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences (ELTE), Budapest.

MA in English Language and Literature, 2005, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences (ELTE), Budapest.

Publications

“Natural Sciences Meeting their Public: The Hungarian Association for the Advancement of Science in Budapest, 1841-1896.” Urban Histories of Science: Making Knowledge in the City. Ed. Oliver Hochadel and Agustí Nieto-Galan. Routledge, 2018.

“Budapest and Hungarian Transatlantic Migration: Image and Agency in Public Discourse, 1881-1914.” Journal of Migration History. (2016) no. 2: 352-374. DOI: 10.1163/23519924-00202007

“Natural science in Hungarian of Hungarian natural science? László Dapsy, Hungarian Darwinism, and the origins of the Publishing House of the Hungarian Society of Natural Science” [in Hungarian]. Korall Társadalomtörténeti Folyóirat [Journal for Social History] 16: National Science [Nemzeti Tudomány] (2015) no. 62: 97—115.

Mitchell G. Ash and Jan Surman (eds.), The Nationalization of Scientific Knowledge in the Habsburg Empire, 1848-1918. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Korall Társadalomtörténeti Folyóirat [Journal for Social History] 16: National Science [Nemzeti Tudomány] (2015) no. 62: 237—241.

“Introduction: Nomadic Concepts in the History of Biology.” With Jan Surman and Peter Haslinger. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 48, Part C (December 2014): 127–129. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2014.08.001

“Introduction: ‘Nomadic Concepts:’ Biological Concepts and Their Careers Beyond Biology.” With Jan Surman and Peter Haslinger. Contributions to the History of Concepts 9/2 (2014): 1-17. DOI: 10.3167/choc.2014.090201

“Science in Hungarian Translation: Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation” [in Hungarian]. Századvég 56 (2010): 97-121.

Edited Journal Issues

Special Section – Nomadic Concepts in the History of Biology, coedited with Jan Surman and Peter Haslinger, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 48, Part B (December 2014): 127–184.

Concept in Focus: ‘Nomadic Concepts: Biological Concepts and Their Careers Beyond Biology’, coedited with Jan Surman and Peter Haslinger, Contributions to the History of Concepts 9/2 (Winter 2014): 1-89.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Science in exile: Hungarian émigrés’ routes and networks of knowledge dissemination in Europe, 1849-1868. Academic Freedom in Historical Perspective. Twenty-Five Years of the European Review of History / Revue européenne d’histoire: An Anniversary Conference. Central European University, Budapest, 8-10 November 2018.

Science and the Habsburg Imperial Capital City: Karl Vogt in Vienna and Budapest, 1869. Symposium Spaces of circulation and colonial/imperial landscapes: criticisms and challenges at the European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference  in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Science, London, 14-17 September 2018.

Another City: Émigré Intellectuals and Transnational Intellectual Communities in Early Modern and Modern Cities (1500-1950). Main Session co-organised with Nicholas Mithen (EUI) at the 14th International Conference on Urban History, Rome, 29 August—1 September 2018.

Darwin(ism) in Central Europe — Translation, Circulation and Reception in 19th-century Hungary. American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 14 August 2018.

Science in Exile: Jácint Rónay in London. Oxford Hungarian Society, University of Oxford, 1 June 2018.

Urban practices of knowledge and exile: the Central European émigré community in London, 1840s-1860s. 12th Max Weber June Conference: States, Societies and Crises across Time and Space, European University Institute, Florence, 13-15 June 2018.

Memberships

European Association of Urban History (member of the International Committee)

British Society for the History of Science

European Society for the History of Science

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